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Those Who Lie Beneath Release New Vid for "Awaken"

Metal bands make the best music videos, period. '80s metal had hot rocker chicks licking the hoods of their cars; the '90s were all about epic battles and a fight against everything mainstream. But my favorite is the twisted, fucked up videos that get made for the death metal bands of the 21st century.

A death metal music video is basically a five-minute horror film. If you watch the video and you don’t see blood, a hot psychotic chick, or some taboo subject being reenacted, then the director really hasn’t done his/her job. Portland death metal band Those Who Lie Beneath want their music and videos to scare the shit out of people, and when interviewed for Noisecreep, the band even went so far as to say, “What we are trying to do is to be not only as brutal as we can, but as evil. I want people to be like, ‘This band, these guys are amazing, they’re fucking shredding. They’re brutal, they’re evil, they’re dark,’ because we are.”

Those Who Lie Beneath’s new video for their song "Awaken" - from their debut Rise Records release An Awakening - might not scream evil, but it is most definitely a piece of dark, bitter chocolate that looks sweet but leaves a nasty bad taste in your mouth. Check it out below:

I love the abandoned shack location for the video with the light streaming through the cracks of the walls onto only the band members' faces and instruments. Of course, the video wouldn’t be complete without a pretty psychotic girl - in this case, a girl who starts out very much like Alice in her Wonderland, sitting in front of a teapot looking innocent. She quickly turns into a cheshire cat-grinning she-devil who desperately needs an exorcism, a toothbrush, and a bath. It's entertaining to say the least. 

Just think: If the video is this good, what might these guys have up their sleave for their live shows? Hmmm, perhaps sacrificing a gerbil or defacing a picture of Justin Bieber? We can only hope.

You can catch Those Who Lie Beneath live at Satyricon this Thirsday, May 27th with Phoenix's Knights of the Abyss, San Diego's Burning the Masses, along with And Hell Followed With. Show starts early at 6 p.m. With this kind of lineup, it's sure to be an epic show. And someone is guaranteed to puke.

- Deanna Uutela


The Deli Portland's First Ever Local Music Showcase hits the Woods on June 9th!


The quest for the utter domination of the globe is as inadmirable as it is impossible. Britches can only be so big, and to outgrow them with the humpty-dumpty girth of your aspirations hearkens to the uppermost eschelons of both fuckery and an obvious ignorance to the exponential heaping of broken waist belts into our landfills thereafter.

But slow, steady lunging is way okay in our book, and we want more people to check out not only our blog site, but the litany of amazing Portland underground bands we write about from time to time. With this in mind - and with help from our other favorite local blog, The Days of Lore - the Deli Portland is presenting an evening of radical folk, psych-rock and fuzzy synth pop to The Woods on Wednesday, June 9th! Consider it our first small step. Giant leaps are for buttholes.

Radiant acid-rockers Wax Fingers will kick things off, followed by current Deli Portland artist of the month, mbilly. Rounding out the evening will be the plunky, synth-rock of newcomer Jen Moon. We're beyond excited to have such a rad cross-section of bands for our first foray into Deli-sponsored events, and we'd be even more stoked to see you come out and rock with us.

With any luck, this will be a monthly showcase, so stay tuned for future updates! And don't forget! Wednesday, June 9th! 21 and over, doors at 8, show at 9. $7.

We appreciate your patronage, and let us know who you'd like to see at our next showcase by commenting below!

- Ryan J. Prado


Menomena Releases First Single Off Mines, Out July 27



It’s been a long three years since our boys in Menomena released Friend & Foe, but our wait is over…well, it’ll be over July 27th. This date marks the release of the trio’s newest musical creation on Barsuk, Mines.

The image above is the new record’s front-and-back cover art, and like all other Menomena album art, it is more than meets the eye. I am the Fun Blame Monster came equipped with a flipbook and Friend & Foe with an intricate die-cut puzzle; this one is a stereograph. The front and back images appear to look identical but are actually slightly different stereographic photos that are visible as a single three-dimensional image if the viewer crosses his/her eyes just right (you know, like the “Oh look, it’s a sailboat!” Magic Eye optical illusions). Unfortunately, I’ve never been good at those and more than likely will forever see this artwork in its primitive, two-dimensional form, but at least the broken siren is nice to look at!

Along with announcing the album art, the threesome was kind enough to share the record’s first single, “FIVE ROOMS,” (no, the caps lock was not a typo, check out the tracklisting below) with its fans. The dark, minor-chord (and, of course, saxophone) laden track can be all yours if you go to Menomena’s site and supply the band with your email address.


Here’s what drummer/vocalist Danny Seim posted on the band’s website about the single:

Here are five little facts about "Five Little Rooms"

1. It's the ninth track on our new album

2. It started out as one song a few years ago and ended up an entirely different song a few months ago

3. It prominently features the words "prostitute", "children", "hung", "bridegroom", "suburban" and "mcdonalds" (we're edgy now, haven't you heard?)

4. It was the last song to be chosen for the new record, which, in our perverted world, somehow makes it the most appropriate choice for the first single

5. It's either the best or the worst song we've ever written; you decide!

Our friendly label folks wanted me to rewrite the following info in a more personal way, but I'm having a hard time outdoing their informative enthusiasm. I'll just cut and paste instead:

"Get a download of "Five Little Rooms" now! In a few weeks, you'll get exclusive information on the upcoming Mines pre-order including a limited-edition double 7-inch with non-album tracks, exclusive t-shirts, screen-printed posters and more!"

Thank you for caring.

Danny / Menomena


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-Katrina Nattress


Nice Nice to rip free show at Holocene Wednesday

Nice Nice will be swooping in for a free show tomorrow night at Holocene! Supporting acts such as the joyful drone provided by Asss will be a welcome addition, paired along with the tribal glitch and percussion of duo Romancing and spatial psychedelic mindfucks Golden Retriever. For the rug-cutters, DJ New Moon Poncho, and DJ Tropical Depression (Claudia Meza from Explode Into Colors!) will hold down the segues and faders.

Nice Nice is touring in support of their recently released album Extra Wow, which came out on Warp Records just last month to a variety of strong reviews. Check out the psychedelic swirls of their video for their official single from the album "Everything Falling Apart" below: 


Show starts at 8:30 p.m. and, again, is completely FREE.

- Joel Sommer


Typhoon Releases Video for "Starting Over (Bad Habits)"

Typhoon has been getting its fair share of (deserved) publicity lately. With ranking #2 in Willamette Week's Best New Band of 2010 poll, winning our Band of the Month poll earlier this year and having its newest album (first in three years) Hunger and Thirst featured on our site for quite some time now, it's safe to say that 2010 is Typhoon's year.

"Starting Over (Bad Habits)," the first single off Hunger and Thirst, is just as soaring and full as the band itself. Kyle Morton's shaky voice floats over dueling drums, twangy guitar riffs, bouts of horns and a chorale created by his bandmates.

The video, directed by Matthew Ross, depicts members of the band going about their actual day to day lives (horn player Tyler Ferrin works at Potato Champion and drummer Pieter Hilton runs a coffee cart called Gorilla Boy Coffee) and performing on stage, only to get sucked into a black hole caused by a Large Hadron Collider, which is a humongous atom-smashing machine that is believed to create a tiny black hole on Earth. Just check out the article the character in the beginning of the video is reading; it all makes sense!

Typhoon - Starting Over (bad habits) from Matthew Ross on Vimeo.

If you've yet to see the orchestral performance that is Typhoon's live show, you've got a chance May 23. The thirteen+ piece plays at Holocene with Frog Eyes and Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band. Show starts at 8:30 pm. $8.

-Katrina Nattress


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